ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ & THEODORE FRIED: CONVERGING JOURNEYS IN THE MODERNIST AGE
November 12 - December 28, 2013
ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ & THEODORE FRIED:
RECENT ACQUISITIONS AND A LOOK AT THE POLITICAL SEASON
September 29 - November 6, 2012
The Decade Show: An Anniversary Exhibition
September 17 - November 12, 2011
THE DECADE SHOW: An Anniversary Exhibition
September 17 – November 12, 2011
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is delighted to present “The Decade Show: An Anniversary Exhibition,” a celebratory exhibition marking the gallery’s 10-year anniversary, on September 17 through November 12, 2011. With a special focus on the 10 artists who have been integral to the gallery over the last 10 years, the show will feature unexpected groupings of work to create an exciting dialogue between the artists and their pieces, demonstrating the vitality and scope of our programming.
The 10th anniversary exhibition will showcase artists, David Kimball Anderson, Stanley Boxer, Antonio Carreno, Ken Elliott, Theodore Fried, Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida, Lawrence Kelsey, Wosene Worke Krosof, Ted Larsen, and Linda Touby. The show will present works in several mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.
“It’s been quite a decade. Time passes by quickly, but I look back at the friends we’ve made, the exhibitions we’ve presented, and what we’ve accomplished. There’s a lot that I’m proud of, and I hope we’ve been a positive influence in our area — providing a link to exceptionally talented artists, and facilitating an interaction with great work,” Madelyn Jordon said.
Additional festivities surrounding the gallery’s anniversary have been planned, including a benefit silent auction of exciting artworks by emerging and established artists every two weeks, a mobile pop-up gallery traveling county-wide, and an Open House on September 17, 2011 to kick off the show. The public is invited.
The rotating silent auctions will feature works by new and established artists, such as Josef Albers, John Beerman, Ross Bleckner, Zang Fanzhi, Makoto Fujimura, Dan Gualdoni, Paul Hunter, Alex Katz, Wolf Khan, Patrick LoCicero, Kim McCarty, Yue Minjun, Pablo Picasso, Earl Scofield, Hunt Slonem, Christina Stahr, Fumiko Toda, Michael Torlen and others. Every two weeks, you will have a chance to bid on a curated group of works by phone, by e-mail or in person.
On select evenings throughout the fall, we will be traveling county-wide with our mobile pop-up art gallery to towns such as Armonk, Chappaqua, Greenwich, Bronxville and Rye. Residents will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win one of three Josef Albers prints. Details regarding locations and times will be posted on our website, Twitter and Facebook.
Opening its doors within the Scarsdale community in the fall of 2001, MJFA has been a source for experienced and novice collectors in contemporary art for 10 years. Our commitment to quality and our loyal clients have allowed the gallery to survive past the art market crash of 2007 and a weak economy. We are thankful to the talents of our artists and the business of our clients over the last 10 years.
As stated by Roberta Smith, New York Times chief art critic, “The art dealers’ creed is partly financial, partly educational. They want to make money, in order to support themselves and their artists, but they also want to exhibit things that, ideally, you don’t see every day, things that expand the viewing public’s sense of the present or the past in some way” (New York Times, p. C-22, 8/19/11). That has been this gallery’s goal and we look forward to continuing for years to come.
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30AM - 5:30PM
A Centennial Retrospective with photographs by André Kertész
October 4 - November 24, 2002
Madelyn Jordon Fine Art is pleased to present the first retrospective exhibition of the work of the Hungarian-American avant-garde painter, Theodore Fried. The exhibition, organized in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth, with the assistance of the Fried estate, includes major paintings and works on paper from every phase of Fried’s long career, both in Europe and America. It follows a highly successful exhibition of Fried’s European period at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2001. In addition, the exhibition will include works from the Fried collection of his close personal friend, famed photographer Andre Kertesz. The photographs, taken over a period of years, provide an insight into the close bond that existed between the two artists, professionally and personally. Sharing a common heritage, language and time in history they influenced each other throughout their lives and artistic careers.
Fried’s story speaks of an artistic life bound up with the political and historical events of the 20th century. Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1902 to a comfortable middle-class family, Fried was educated at the Royal Academy on Fine Arts in Budapest. Rebelling against the academic style taught at the academy, and faced with a bleak political situation for Jewish artists, Fried left Hungary in 1923. After a brief period in Vienna in 1924, where he exhibited paintings based upon his father’s death, he arrived in Paris in 1925. There he met Kertesz, a fellow Hungarian, and the two artists became close friends, joining the artistic community living and working in the Monmartre section of Paris. Fried made his home in Paris from 1925-1940 gaining significant recognition for his sophisticated figurative paintings, which combined ideas taken from cubist, expressionist and fauvist movements. By 1930 he had begun to establish an international reputation, exhibiting in Vienna alongside Pablo Picasso, Emil Nolde, Oskar Kokoscka, Wassily Kandinsky and Edvard Munch. Throughout the 1930’s Fried’s reputation and work gained in stature, but by 1938, the situation in Paris was growing intolerable for Jews. In 1940 Fried, branded a degenerate artist by the Nazis, fled Paris, hiding in Toulouse until he could find a way to escape France. Finally, in 1942 he was granted a special visa, through the Quaker Relief Organization to come to the United States.
Arriving in America with nothing, Fried started over. Working from his studio in Westbeth, in Greenwich Village, he continued to paint figuratively, in vivid colors, harmonious, intricate compositions in a variety of subjects, from still life to landscape. He and his wife, Maria, established an art school at the Hudson Guild settlement house where they taught for over twenty years. He also became an active member of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. In 1979, one year before his death, Fried painted “The Bicyclists” an ode to New York City and the life he established in America. His passion for painting had sustained him throughout the tumultuous events of his life.
The bulk of Fried’s early works were recovered in 1979, one year before his death in 1980. A group of these paintings were shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 2001. This is the first New York exhibition of Fried’s work in over 10 years.